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Vice-Chancellor spells out ‘new imperatives’

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz has spelled out his priorities for the forthcoming academic year in his 1 October speech at the Senate House.

Putting a true value on Cambridge’s value to society, strengthening and providing coherence to our research agenda, developing our key communities of graduate students and postdocs, and fostering beneficial relationships with alumni, supporters and friends are the key areas of focus for the year ahead, says Professor Borysiewicz.

The Vice-Chancellor’s speech, entitled ‘The New Imperatives’, built on his inaugural October address of last year, in which he stressed the importance of Cambridge being judged for its excellence on global terms. The year ahead, he says, is a pivotal one that demands a full articulation of the diverse ways in which the University contributes to society.

The University will continue to consolidate the work it has done to form a strategic approach to research; an approach that is vital if Cambridge is to lead the way in tackling grand challenges such as climate change and food security. Such ambitious objectives depend in part on collegiate Cambridge developing graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, as well as fostering the capacity for large-scale multidisciplinary research on an institutional scale, while supporting the individual researcher.

Professor Borysiewicz’s final imperative is the ongoing development of Cambridge’s relationship with our alumni, friends and supporters – important contributors to future success, not just financially, but to communicate the University’s reputation and capacity to a wide audience.

To read the speech in full, visit http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/v-c/biography/speeches/20111001.html